Rolling worldwide rap thread 2021

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Same as the previous 'non-US'/non-UK threads, but I figure there'll be some study that says a positive title gets triple the views of a negative one, or something. (For a more popular thread you may like to try Japanese hip-hop and rap and the UK Grime & Rap thread and the American one, Rolling distraught pelican 2030)

As always, you can post your hip hop here from around the world, from this year or any other, with a special emphasis on South Sudanese trap, Belgian gengetone, Cambodian drill, right, let's get TV banging

Past threads: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

sbahnhof, Monday, 4 January 2021 21:08 (two years ago) link

For all ye French-speaking fans of New Zealand hip hop, well, there may only be two but they love it. Voilà

10 Bons Sons néo-zélandais en 2020 - Le Bon Son
Choicevaughan feat. Melodownz & Tom Scott – To Live And Die in AD (Prod Choicevaughan)

sbahnhof, Monday, 4 January 2021 21:10 (two years ago) link

I will continue to reserve the right to post my urban(o) jams, Dutch and otherwise, in this thread, if it’s alright with you, sbahnhof!


by all means yes, of course

sbahnhof, Monday, 4 January 2021 21:54 (two years ago) link


one month passes...

. I see in The NY Times actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas saying that she listens to Hindi rap like Raftaar and Divine when she works out.

curmudgeon, Monday, 8 February 2021 16:29 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

liking this rn, from South Africa (from last year):
DJ2WNTY ft. Lani , BANDSMIDNIGHT & 6ixty Jonas • Oorkant

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 27 February 2021 14:41 (two years ago) link

yeah, dope!! love the flow and the whistly sounds!

sean gramophone, Monday, 1 March 2021 15:49 (two years ago) link

the original that I posted in last year’s thread is superior in its sparseness, but this beat remains irresistible:
Saaff ft. Qlas & Blacka, Mula B & Delano Holwijn • Neckless (Remix)

(and yes, this is Dutch)

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 5 March 2021 18:43 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

cool obscure Danish track that I came across (from last year):
Icekiid • ErruDumEllaHvad

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 22 March 2021 20:18 (two years ago) link

not really, came across it on this thread. it’s got 17.7M streams on Spotify and is on the FIFA 21 soundtrack album - or vice versa

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 22 March 2021 20:25 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

love this Dutch track (another one from last year that I just came across):
Yssi SB ft. Qlas & Blacka, Ashafar & ADF Samski • Scooter

especially love the production by Oath - this is the instrumental

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 10 April 2021 19:49 (two years ago) link

busy thread eh?

here's another jam from South Africa:
Dr Peppa ft. Blxckie, Aux Cable, Lord Script & Chang Cello • Mntase

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 April 2021 12:22 (two years ago) link

from Turkey (where it's a big hit), interesting to me because of the afropop influence most of all, but it has one of Turkey's most popular rappers on it as well:
Güneş ft. Uzi • Dua

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 April 2021 15:03 (two years ago) link

Tøyen Holding is a great Norwegian duo

corrs unplugged, Monday, 26 April 2021 14:41 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

I'm delighted to say that 10 Over 10 is still on every Friday evening on Kenya Citizen TV (live stream).

The music show, which I wrote about on ILM in March last year, had to go into lockdown within weeks, and returned without its patented madcap audience, and only with the studio performers. Luckily, the host Willis Raburu is acting like nothing's changed, and he hypes up an empty room just as well as if it's got 500 screaming fans in it.

And out this week, their endeavours have produced one banger:

"JESHI" - Willis 'BAZU' Raburu X Ssaru X Fathermoh X Rico Gang

...a possible entry for "Videos where people feign enthusiasm for the Premier League" (along with thousands of other videos).

Also, thanks to for the information, "What does jeshi mean in Swahili?", well of course it's
= "army"

sbahnhof, Monday, 30 August 2021 03:52 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Guy is writing about Kenyan Swahili rap here

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 20:21 (two years ago) link

Thank you, champ(ez)!

All of those are postworthy...



On a linguistic note, I'm learning a lot, well, a little:

"Yooh is common word used by Africans especially Burundians to express their regret and/or anger feeling."

...."Rappy Boy"?! Yooh!

Trey Zo x Rappy Boy - "Yooh"

...Whereas, titling your album SENEGALBOY DELUXE, as Samba Peuzzi has, is evidently classic.
(There is a non-deluxe edition, but who wants that?)

Samba Peuzzi - "Lou Yakou Yawa"

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 03:42 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

Not seeing a Non-US rap 2022 thread

so will post here for now-

The movie Casablanca Beats will be streaming online April 25 through 28th via Filmfest DC. The trailer for it looks better than this description from the Guardian: Franco-Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch has made a likable, high-energy youth movie that could almost be called the Moroccan answer to Fame and which features that time-honoured plot device: putting on a concert.

Using nonprofessionals playing docu-fictionalised versions of themselves, Ayouch has created a drama revolving around an arts centre for young people that he himself helped to set up in the tough district of Sidi Moumen, called by someone here the Bronx of Casablanca. The school includes a special programme called the Positive School of Hip-Hop. A crowd of smart, talented teens join the class and we watch as they find out the challenges, limits and opportunities of learning self-expression through western-style rap in a Muslim society.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 13:45 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

the france rap scene has been taking cues from jersey lately, what a time to be alive

thahomey, skuna - "work"

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 20 July 2022 20:59 (one year ago) link

that's nice!

corrs unplugged, Thursday, 21 July 2022 06:37 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

Since I'm here, quick update on what is a pretty great year for Danish hiphop.

Biggest star in the country, Gill, made this undeniable banger to start out the year:

And trio Shooter Gang made Alt Har Sin Pris, which I think is the best drill album from anywhere since the last Backroad Gee. Their three voices complement each other perfectly, and the productions are, excluding a couple misguided crossover-attempt, consistently great. Check out how the second verse escalates until they can only shout:

Just an ocean of adlibs:

Frederik B, Friday, 19 August 2022 21:08 (one year ago) link

wow "Baíana"!

sean gramophone, Friday, 19 August 2022 23:19 (one year ago) link

not to rain on Gill’s parade, and he does sound good here, but he’s practically daring us to post this example of worldwide rap (among other things) from 2005:
Barbatuques • Baianá

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 20 August 2022 08:05 (one year ago) link

oh, it’s Gill*i*, right!?

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 20 August 2022 08:06 (one year ago) link

“Alt Har Sin Pris” (the track) is great.

good to see you, Fred!

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 20 August 2022 08:17 (one year ago) link

Oh, cool, I couldn't locate the sample, but it's pretty obviously relying on that sample a lot. And yeah, it's Gilli, don't know what happened there.

Another big hit is this stellar example of the fad known as 'sample drill':
Take a few minutes to check out the original, a classic of 90s Danish pop, especially the video is pure 90s end-of-history extravaganza.

Frederik B, Saturday, 20 August 2022 10:10 (one year ago) link

This one goes out to you, breastcrawl. The Ghanaian diaspora in Denmark makes music too, and Abudebi Zonjon is one of my favorite up-and-coming pop artists. I was obsessed with these two tracks a year ago:

Unfortunately he does not get a lot of support here, so singles are trickling out quite slowly. I'm hoping an album could be one of the best Danish pop albums this year.

Frederik B, Sunday, 21 August 2022 13:27 (one year ago) link

“Shout My Name” especially is great. it sounded vaguely familiar, turns out I played it after you nominated it for the 2020 EOY.

this one from earlier this year is by far his biggest streaming track on Spotify - hopefully that album will materialize at some point!

“Biggest Wov!”:

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 21 August 2022 14:15 (one year ago) link

Yeah, hoping for an upward trajectory!

Speaking of songs i nominated in 2020, and artists where I'm impatiently awaiting an album, the biggest story in Danish rap the last few years are of course: Tessa! Inspired by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, technically proficient freestyle-rapper and an extremely dedicated writer of complicated rhymes. And completely brazen, sex focused and -positive.

Blæstegnen was my favorite song of 2020, an ode to Vestegnen, the suburbs west of Copenhagen. Great dembow beat, fun lyrics about sex, drugs and assault, and the woman at 0:20 in the video is former prime minister Helle Thorning Schmidt being the proto Sanna Marin.

Hallo Kitty from last year is one of her best sex-songs ('pull my g-string down, say 'Hello Kitty'). The first verse illustrates how purely euphonically great her verses are, especially the moment where she ends one rhyme-scheme on 'tiktok' then begins the next one on 'toxic'.

And then... She kinda stayed silent. She only just released her first single of 2022, Engangspik (One-time-dick), which is fun, but not her best stuff.

I've heard she's been working on her album for years, but... Still no sign of it.

Frederik B, Sunday, 21 August 2022 18:02 (one year ago) link

I was listening to a bit of French rap, and a new single from Niska made me check if Gnonmi avec lait was ever posted? That's a total classic from last year, a bit coupé-décalé, I think.

Another thing was the album RIYAD SADIO from rappers Ashe 22 and Freeze Corleone (both of whom people might remember from the Eurovision track on Central Cees album). I like the sound of it, it sounds like the title, sad desert music, vaguely arabic-sounding samples + wheezing and buzzing drill and trap drums. It's one of the most cohesive drill releases I've heard yet. The whole album is recommended.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 31 August 2022 19:04 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Okay, this is only a little bit rap, but it's the big one. This is the biggest Danish pop album in ages, and while of course the impact is lessened if you don't know Danish, I'd also say it's one of the best non-English-language pop-albums of the year (a little below Stromae and Rosalia, but still). Tobias Rahim has been absolutely dominant on the charts with his songs, and as he began dominating his lyrics became wilder and wilder, including a song about how men take drugs instead of crying, a song attacking lawyers, an ode to a fifth grade girlfriend, and a song fantasizing about being a prostitute in Dubai. It's so insanely catchy and hooky, and the complex lyrics are obviously from someone who comes from a hiphop tradition.

Again, this is definitely a top 25 album for me, but I get why it won't be for anyone else on here. Just please check out 'Kurdere i København'. It's about being from Kurdistan, having made it in Denmark, then going back to the old village to celebrate. The song goes from melancholic piano loop and a verse about the racism his granddad endured, and gets more and more celebratory until it's a full on Kurdish rave. This is absolutely one of the songs of the year, in ambition as well as execution, and I'm going to hype it a lot at poll-time.

Frederik B, Sunday, 23 October 2022 14:55 (one year ago) link

Thanks, Frederik!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:11 (one year ago) link

yes, thanks for posting!

sean gramophone, Monday, 24 October 2022 12:51 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Headie One's 'No Borders: European Compilation Project' is a pretty good introduction to a lot of European rappers, whether French, German, Italien or even Dutch. Gazo's fine album DRILL FR from last year was exactly what it said on the cover, and Luciano does the same throaty trap thing he does on a thousand hits a year. A lot of the producers are continental as well, which is nice. The inclusion of Yasin is a sour note to end on though, due to his conviction in a kidnapping/torture case where the victim was later murdered. And I don't get why there's no Danish rappers on there, but oh well.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 21:48 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Drill is big in Denmark, all the biggest rappers peppered their albums with drill-tracks as soon as Pop Smoke broke through, and I'll still claim the Shooter Gang debut is one of the most consistent drill-albums released anywhere. Yesterday saw the debut-release from Kong Kurs, an underground rapper who made his album with dubstep-producer RDG, and they've created a sort of dubstep-drill hybrid - dub-drill? - and I'm loving it.

Frederik B, Saturday, 21 January 2023 09:50 (ten months ago) link

maybe time for a rolling worldwide rap thread for the ages thread

corrs unplugged, Saturday, 21 January 2023 09:57 (ten months ago) link

I see there is some discussion on Norwegian rap on the EOY thread

Tøyen Holding are amazing

look forward to their coming 3rd album, the 2nd is among my all time rap records from any nation

corrs unplugged, Thursday, 2 February 2023 15:18 (ten months ago) link

This is apparently a Norwegian hiphop chart topper:

I rest my case

Frederik B, Wednesday, 8 February 2023 18:03 (ten months ago) link

that's not hip hop

tøyen holding is

it's not terrible tho?

corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 8 February 2023 21:06 (ten months ago) link

In comparison, this is Danish pop rap at it's most populist. I think we can all agree it's much better, even if you don't know the sample.

(I honestly don't know if we can agree on that. And I'd also be interested in recommendations for the best Norwegian hip hop songs)

Frederik B, Saturday, 11 February 2023 11:19 (ten months ago) link

hehe the lowrey/gobs/helmig tune is hilarious!

I actually don't know much abt norwegian hiphop, mainly fascinated with the 2nd tøyen holding album, first one not as great (to me) and I'm lukewarm but hopeful on their upcoming release

corrs unplugged, Monday, 20 February 2023 14:06 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

My favorite Danish rapper, Stepz, just relased a new album. Everything is produced by my favorite producer Nicki Pooyandeh (who did Baiana, which got an amazing two votes in the 77 poll). Truth be told it might be his worst, he consciously included a couple 'crossover' tracks, that won't work, but these two are so great together. Great beats, often changing with weird outtros, and Stepz has such a good voice.

Frederik B, Friday, 10 March 2023 15:01 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

There's an article on Tobias Rahim in the New York Times. I told you this was the big one:

Frederik B, Wednesday, 19 April 2023 08:24 (seven months ago) link

Undergrunn is the second biggest group in Norway (after Karpe) at the moment. They are definitely hip hop.

This is Karpe, btw.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 19 April 2023 09:47 (seven months ago) link, from the album Omar Sherrif.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 19 April 2023 09:48 (seven months ago) link

four months pass...

Today is the ten year anniversary of perhaps the best and most important Danish rap track of all time, at least since the eighties. D.A.U.D.A. by Sivas. Brought trap to the Danish masses, is in my opinion one of the best trap beats made anywhere, and it's a track I shamefully forgot to nominate for the decade list. Would have been top five for me, I think.

Frederik B, Saturday, 16 September 2023 07:23 (two months ago) link

Two of todays biggest rap stars, ArtigeArdit and Lamin, released a Watch the Throne style collaboration a couple weeks ago. It's up and down, but this jersey club track is great.

Frederik B, Saturday, 16 September 2023 07:25 (two months ago) link

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